City of Easton, PA
Northampton County
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[Added 4-11-2012 by Ord. No. 5352]
A. 
Legislative intent. The purpose of the Expressway Transitional (ET) District is to accommodate industrial, commercial, mixed and advertising uses in areas adjacent to multilane, controlled-access roads, to promote better safety and welfare within the City of Easton. These areas have traditionally been geared toward industry and commerce, with a minimal residential base. As such, the Expressway Transitional (ET) District is ideal for uses which are incompatible with residential areas. Key among these considerations is off-premises signage and advertising. Large-scale advertising presents a number of concerns and complications to our community. By restricting such activities to the Expressway Transitional (ET) District, the City safeguards quality of life, property values, and public safety, while allowing advertising where its negative impacts will be minimized.
B. 
Requirements. Both new construction and redevelopment in the district shall comply with Article XXXV, Context Sensitive Design Standards.
A. 
Uses permitted by right in the Expressway Transitional Zone are as follows:
(1) 
B1 Cultural activities and exhibitions.
(2) 
B2 Amusements.
(3) 
B3 Parks.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(4), C2 Hardware, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653. This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(5) and (6) as Subsection A(4) and (5).
(4) 
C3 General merchandise.
(5) 
C5 Eating and drinking places.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(7), C7 Furniture and other furnishings, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653. This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(8) as Subsection A(6).
(6) 
C7 Wholesale trade.
[Amended 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653[3]]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(9), C10 Auto parts and accessories, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653. This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(10) through (18) as Subsection A(7) through (15).
(7) 
D1 Information and data processing establishments.
(8) 
D2 Finance, insurance, real estate.
(9) 
D3 Personal services.
(10) 
D4 Business services.
(11) 
D5 Repair services.
(12) 
D6 Professional services.
(13) 
D7 Administrative offices.
(14) 
D8 Hotel/motel.
(15) 
D9 Bed-and-breakfast.
(16) 
D14 Automotive repair.
[Added 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
(17) 
D15 Medical services.
[Added 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653[4]]
[4]
This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(19) through (24) as Subsection A(18) through (23).
(18) 
E3 Hospitals.
(19) 
H1 Passenger depot.
(20) 
H2 Freight depot.
(21) 
H3 Parking lot/structure.
(22) 
J1 Timber activities (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(23) 
J2 Timber harvesting operation (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
A. 
Special exception uses are as follows:
(1) 
C1 Shopping gallery.
(2) 
C9 Motor vehicle sales.
(3) 
E1 Educational services.
(4) 
C11 Liquid fuels.
(5) 
F1 Trade contractors.
(6) 
F2 Food processing.
(7) 
F3 Furniture and other furnishings manufacture.
(8) 
F4 Publishing.
(9) 
F5 Textile mill products.
(10) 
F6 Apparel, finished products.
(11) 
F7 Lumber and wood products.
(12) 
F8 Warehouse and storage.
(13) 
H4 Utilities.
(14) 
H5 Communications facility.
(15) 
K1 Advertising.
The Table of Dimensional Criteria for the Expressway Transitional (ET) District is located at the end of this chapter.
For accessory buildings and structures:
A. 
The maximum height shall not exceed 15 feet.
B. 
Shall be set back five feet from any and all side lot lines.
C. 
Rear yard setback shall be four feet where no vehicular access exists and 10 feet otherwise.
D. 
Distance to other structures shall be five feet.
A. 
The principal building shall have a minimum building height of 20 feet.
B. 
Primary entrances shall be located along a street front, not to include limited access highways. Secondary entrances may be located at the side or rear of the building.
C. 
In addition to other design standards of this article pertaining to lot area and width, build-to lines, side yards, rear yards, building height, and impervious surface, the following shall apply:
(1) 
The context sensitive design standards of Article XXXV.
(2) 
Landscaping and buffering shall be in accordance with Article XXX.
D. 
The design standards above do not apply to off-premises signs, which are to be regulated in accordance with Article XXXIII, Sign Regulations, and the other provisions, standards and criteria herein which pertains to off-premises signs.
A. 
All requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
B. 
All supplemental standards of Article XXXI shall be met.
C. 
Design standards in § 595-121.6 shall be met.
D. 
Communication facilities, including communications towers and communications antennas mounted on an existing public utility transmission tower, building or other structure and existing communications towers and communications equipment buildings, shall meet the requirements of Part 6, Communications Facilities.